This week saw the who’s who of the poker celebrity world descend on the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the 2013 Tiger Woods charity poker tournament.
The event was MC’d by poker pro Phil Hellmuth, and the participants list included Chris Paul, Kidd Rock, Mehki Phifer, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson and Daniel Negreanu. Mike Sexton also put in an appearance and, naturally, the man of the moment, Tiger Woods also attended the one day event. Altogether, fifty players joined the high stakes game, with money being donated to the Tiger Woods Foundation that helps the underprivileged. Buy in to the prestigious event was $10,000 and Woods promised that the money would be used to allow more youths to attend college in the United States.
Funnily enough, Tiger Woods was placed at the same table as top poker player, Phil Ivey, who has been dubbed the Tiger Woods of Poker.
Despite the advantages of playing in a poker tournament named after him, Tiger Woods was among the first to be knocked out, when he was beaten by amateur poker player, Melinda Fey. He opted to stay on and watch the other players battle it to the end, however.
The final table consisted of Dan Shak, poker pro and hedge fund manager from New York, as well as Chris Paul of LA Clippers fame.
The Tiger Woods Charity event was finally won by amateur player Scott Dillon who earned himself an outing with Tiger Woods on the golfing greens. Other prizes won by participants included golf memorabilia. Dan Shak came second in the event.
The band, Lifehouse performed at the end of the evening.
Tiger Woods was accompanied by his partner, Lindsey Vonn, the alpine ski racer who competed with the United States Ski Team.